A FAMILY from Worcester raised money for charity by canoeing the length of the River Severn.

Duncan Sutcliffe, director of Sutcliffe and Co Insurance brokers, decided to canoe the river alongside his wife Becky and their two sons.

The family travelled from Welshpool to Gloucester, a total of 127 miles for Onside Advocacy.

Although they had initially allowed a week to accomplish this feat, the Sutcliffe family surprised everyone, including themselves, by finishing it in just over five days.

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Duncan said: “We wanted a unique challenge worthy of fundraising, which would also be an adventure for our kids, and canoeing the River Severn ticked all the boxes.

"It was an amazing experience but we’re most proud of the funds we have been able to raise for a charity close to our hearts.”

Onside Independent Advocacy relies on the generous donations from patrons, local businesses and individuals to support their work supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Sutcliffe and Co decided to support Onside Advocacy due to the fact the two offices are located next to each other in Worcester.

Kate Harvey, Onside’s chief executive, said: “Although Sutcliffe & Co has been supporting us for years, Duncan and his family taking on this canoeing challenge in order to raise funds for us is incredible and inspirational.

"I am delighted to announce that their efforts have raised over £4,000 with many thanks to all of their supporters."

Onside Independent Advocacy was set up in 1993 on the principle that everyone has the right to be a valued human being and to be treated in a just and fair manner, providing support services to ensure fairness and equality for people who may be vulnerable, disadvantaged or discriminated against.